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Women's Health Center (5M)

San Francisco General Hospital
Main Hospital, Ward 5M
1001 Potrero Avenue
San Francisco, CA

To make an appointment please call:
(415) 206-3409

The Women's Health Center is a full-service, multidisciplinary ambulatory obstetrics and gynecology practice located in SFGH. To serve the hospital's diverse patient population, full-time translator services are available for 23 different languages.

Prenatal Care

Comprehensive services for women with uncomplicated pregnancies as well as those with more complex, high-risk pregnancies are available. These services are provided in a linguistically and culturally appropriate manner to meet the needs of the diverse populations served by the Women's Health Center. Two specialized prenatal care programs are offered by the nurse-midwives. The teen clinic provides prenatal care and psychosocial services designed for adolescents. The group prenatal care program, Centering Pregnancy, offers Spanish language facilitated group prenatal care. This model provides enhanced health education services and aims to foster social support among its participants. Maternal-fetal medicine specialists supervise the care of the more complicated patients and also provide consultations to the many community health network clinics in San Francisco. Women receive treatment for pregnancy complications such as diabetes, hypertension, autoimmune diseases, cardiac disease and pulmonary disorders, as well as specific fetal problems such as congenital malformations or growth issues.

To ensure healthy babies for our patients, a large variety of services are available including nutritional counseling, prenatal diagnosis, ultrasonography, social work services, antenatal testing, childbirth education, Centering Pregnancy and breast feeding support services through our Lactation Center. A perinatal psychiatrist is available each week to provide both consultative and follow-up services for our pregnant patients with mental illness.


A wide range of gynecology services is available, including annual visits as well as a number of specialty services addressing dysplasia, reproductive endocrinology, infertility, menopause, gynecologic oncology, family planning, urogynecology, benign breast disease and other issues.


Obstetrical (Delivery) Services

A contemporary Birthing Center with the capacity to handle 2,500 deliveries a year provides a state-of-the-art setting for our patients. The staff includes obstetrician-gynecologists, maternal-fetal medicine specialists, anesthesiologists, neonatologists, clinical nurse specialists and registered nurses with both high-risk antepartum and intrapartum experience, as well as social workers, genetic counselors and diabetic educators. Unique to SFGH is the nurse-midwifery practice, a group of highly-skilled midwives who provide obstetrical care in collaboration with faculty obstetricians. SFGH is the only hospital in the city and county of San Francisco that is a certified Baby-Friendly Hospital. SFGH is also the location of the Bay Area Perinatal AIDS Center, a multidisciplinary group of specialists who are an invaluable resource for HIV-infected pregnant women.

For more information about the San Francisco General Hospital Birth Center, please click here.

The obstetric services at have also been at the forefront of supporting pregnany women in participating in their own health care by providing specialized Centering Pregnancy programs for patients. Please click here to find out more about our Centering Pregnancy programs.


The Women's Options Center

San Francisco General Hospital
1001 Potrero Avenue
San Francisco, CA

To make an appointment please call:
(415) 206-8476

The Women's Options Center prides itself on providing high-quality, evidence-based and comprehensive abortion and family planning services. The WOC is known for its ability and expertise in serving high-risk and medically complicated patients. We are also proud to offer several long-term reversible contraceptive methods that patients can choose on the day of their procedure. Many of the birth control options available to women today were evaluation in research trials at the Women's Options Center.

Surgical (Aspiration) Abortion

The Women's Options Center offers pregnancy termination services that are not only medically safe but also available in an environment that is sensitive and compassionate. We offer both first and second trimester abortions to a gestation of 23 weeks and 1 day. Our goal is to make patients comfortable during the procedure and to feel safe and supported. Virtually all aspiration and standard D&E patients receive moderate sedation and analgesia with midazolam and fentanyl in addition to a paracervical block with chloroprocaine and vasopressin.

First-trimester aspiration abortion requires a single half-day visit that includes ultrasound dating, counseling, blood tests, health history and physical exam, procedure and post-operative recovery. Mid- and late second-trimester terminations require two visits to the clinic. The first visit is for the pre-operative evaluation, which includes ultrasound, counseling, health history and physical exam, osmotic dilator placement, and blood tests, followed by the second surgical visit and post-operative recovery.

Medication (Pill) Abortion

Medication abortions are completed with a mifepristone-misoprostol regimen up to nine weeks (63 days) gestation. Patients choosing the medication abortion option also receive ultrasound dating, counseling, and an evaluation by a clinician.



Contraceptive methods are offered to all patients at WOC, including oral contraceptives, the OrthoEvra transdermal patch, and the NuvaRing vaginal ring. We also offer several long-term, reversible methods of contraception such as the Depo-Provera contraceptive injection, Mirena (the 5-year IUD), ParaGard (the 10-year IUD) and Implanon (the single stick implant). Counselors provide medically accurate information and assist patients in choosing a method that best meets their fertility goals within the context of their life situation. Method choice is reviewed and confirmed by a clinician.

Our Experts

Our attending physicians are all faculty members of the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences at the University of California, San Francisco.

Our licensed nursing staff has over 15 years experience providing abortion care. Our nurses are present during and after all phases of the procedure and provide the highest quality of care and support.

The Women's Options Center offers non-judgmental, client-centered counseling. Counselors take time with each patient to describe the components of their visit and conduct health education on contraceptive methods, STIs, and aftercare. Patients are also given the opportunity to discuss any thoughts or feelings that they are having regarding making the decision to have an abortion should they wish to do so. Because the model of counseling is client-centered, counselors at WOC meet the patient "where she is" and provide each patient with the level of support that she desires. Couselors are present during and after the procedure to offer support. Our counselors are bilingual/bicultural in English and Spanish, and interpreters are available for most other languages.

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New Generation Health Center

625 Potrero Ave
San Francisco, CA 94110

To make an appointment please call:
(415) 502-8336 (TEEN)

New Generation Health Center (NGHC) is a unique, freestanding, community-based center dedicated solely to youth. At NGHC the emphasis is placed on providing a teen-friendly environment and serving an ethnically and racially diverse community in a culturally appropriate manner. Located in the largely Latino Mission District of San Francisco, NGHC offers a unique combination of health and social services to young people ages 12 to 24.

NGHC's mission is to help teens avoid pregnancies by providing a comprehensive range of services including medical services, social services and health education to young people. Services include family planning, sexually transmitted infection diagnosis and treatment, community outreach and education and activities to increase life options. The clinic also offers an after-school enrichment group for teen girls. Examples of NGHC's innovative community outreach programs include peer educators who teach curricula in Bay Area schools; the Male Involvement Program, which aims to involve adolescent males in reproductive health activities; and a social marketing project to develop educational bus shelter posters, posters for schools and brochures for teens.

For further information please visit the NGHC website.



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